I love being Catholic!
Tonight's Mass of the Lord's Supper marks the beginning of the most holy time in the liturgical year, the Easter Triduum.
Five years ago I participated in my first Easter Triduum - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally, the Easter Vigil Mass where I received my first Holy Eucharist and entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.
At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, Jesus' institution of the Eucharist (in other words, the first Mass) is celebrated. Traditionally, this Mass includes a foot washing ceremony, which is symbolic of Christ's institution of the priesthood. After Mass, the altar is stripped of cloths, and the Blessed Sacrament is taken out of the tabernacle in preparation for Good Friday, the only day when there is no Mass said anywhere in the world.
I can almost smell the incense and sense the presence of Christ now; I am thinking of His passing me as He was taken to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from the tabernacle this evening.
There is an unbroken line of connection that exists between the Church today and Christ in the upper room that is amazing; but when we consider that the unbroken line goes back to the time of the Jews, it compounds the amazement. This evening's first reading was that of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt; our Paschal Feast is a continuance of their Passover.
The Easter Triduum is a heady experience for me. I now head straight to the events of Good Friday tomorrow, and then on Saturday I will share in the joy of Easter Vigil, when fifteen people from our parish will become part of the unbroken line of Christendom.
Oh, how I love being Catholic!